Thinking of Homeschooling? JOIN US!

fake it make woodJoin me this summer for a little coffee break and let’s talk homeschooling!

Are you intrigued by the idea of homeschooling but have no idea where to start or what to do? If God has placed homeschooling on your heart but you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea, then join us for a 3 Week “How To” Seminar.  I like to call this seminar the “Fake it till you make it” course.

AMAIn this seminar, we get down to the nitty gritty!  We will explain the legal requirements (for CA in particular) and record keeping options, share curriculum choices and different homeschooling methods, discuss ways to balance home and school, and how to teach multiple students at the same time.  The group will meet weekly via Zoom and will have the opportunity to participate in a private Facebook group for discussions, support, and “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) live stream sessions. Continue reading “Thinking of Homeschooling? JOIN US!”

NEW PODCAST: Get Your Feet Wet This Summer with Nature Studies

feet in the sand.jpg.600x315_q67_crop-smartAh, summertime sun and lazy days at the beach!  Some of my favorite times during the year.  Besides relaxing at the beach and sleeping in,  I love “testing out” new things during the summer.  I use the lazy days of summer to try out ideas or activities I might want to do the next school year.

If you are looking for a way to do science next year that is stress-free, text-book free, and guilt-free, then try Nature Studies!  If you are looking for a way to do science this year that doesn’t require an expensive curriculum or expensive outside science classes, then I strongly suggest you do Charlotte Mason style Nature Studies this year!

What are nature studies?  In our latest podcast, we explore how to use your time at the beach (or your free time this summer), dipping your feet into the cool refreshing idea of nature journaling.

nature god's broadcasting systemIn a nutshell, it is using God’s creation as your inspiration for scientific exploration.  No boring textbooks are needed.  No expensive science curriculums are needed.  No hectic outside science classes are needed.  It’s you, your kids, a backpack, a few journals, and the great outdoors!


  1. Explore nature (backyard, neighborhood walks, parks, gardens, zoos, hikes, etc).
  2. Stop, sit, and draw what you see.
  3. Learn about the plant/animals you saw when you get home.
  4. Add info to your drawing (facts, labels, quotes, verses, thoughts, etc)

Yep, it really is that simple!  If you are not sure how to get started or you have always wanted to do nature studies with your family but haven’t tried it yet, summertime is the BEST time to try it out!  If you plan on doing nature studies for the first time this coming school year, summertime is the BEST time to ease into this new and fun way to learn science.

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies:  Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.”  It is full of simple and easy things you can do this summer to try out nature studies with your family.  Then go watch and subscribe to Joy Cherrick’s Nature Study Hacking website and newsletter. She is a master!

As promised, we listed resources mentioned in the podcast below.  Happy Exploring!


FREE “Nature Studies for the Nature Deficit Family: How to Get Started” Handout

**The handout also lists places to visit in Southern California but you can use the list as an example of places to explore in your local area.***

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Step by Step Drawing Instructions

Draw Write Now Series samples and  and links to purchase 

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces Of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman

Lined composition notebooks,  Spiral art sketchbooks, and beautiful lined and unlined journals.  

Quality Colored Pencils



Smithsonian Sea Shell Handbook 

Acorn Naturalist: Laminated Field Guides 

Online classification guides

Shell Museum Identification App.  

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces Of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman



Read Aloud Revival (RAR) Seaside Recommendation List


CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies:  Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.”

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NEW PODCAST: Let’s Talk Art Studies

creativity-quote-1024x684What exactly is an art study?  Well without sounding too simple, it’s just the simple act of studying art work, artists, and different art periods.  Now wait, don’t start to yawn!  Doing art studies in your homeschooling as a family can be a whole lot of fun.  If you are having flashbacks of sleeping during your art appreciation college course or visions of super quiet “no touchy” hallways in art museums, then tune them out!  Art studies don’t have to be snoozer or a bore.  

In this week’s podcast, Let’s Talk Art Studies, we share simple and engaging ways to learn about art and to make art without breaking your bank account and without spending hours prepping and planning.   We even share how to incorporate writing, read aloud, and history into your art studies.

creativity courageGod is the ultimate artist.  We see His masterpieces all around us each and every day. Sally Clarkson, author of Life-Giving Table, often emphasizes the importance of filling your child’s world with beauty.  She says “Today when you nurture, love and meet the needs of your beloveds with beauty, it will make a difference in how they face their whole day.”  Adding beauty to your child’s day can be as simple as displaying fresh flowers in a vase, putting beautiful art work on the walls, or reading picture books filled with beautiful art work.  

Since we are created in His image, we have a natural desire to create too.  Doing art studies with your children is just another way to bring beauty into your home and into their lives. (And it is super fun and easy to do!)

every child artistListen to our new podcast, Let’s Talk Art Studies.  CLICK HERE or find us on iTunes and Spotify.  Don’t forget to follow us on IG at @coffeewithcarrieconsultant and to share our podcast and website with your homeschooling friends.


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NEW PODCAST! When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours

We are super excited about his week’s podcast!  Since we had to cancel our annual Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms in March due to COVID-19, we were not able to share our session on “The Jonah Journey:  What To Do When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours.”  So we decided to turn it into a podcast so we could share it with you now.


In this podcast, “When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours,” we dive deep into the Book of Jonah and share lessons from the prophet on how to be joyful (and obedient) when God’s homeschooling “itinerary” doesn’t match ours!   Like Jonah, you might be traveling this homeschooling journey kicking and screaming or you might even be running in the opposite direction filled with fear, doubts and down-right apprehension? If God has  called you to homeschool or if He has called you to homeschool another year,  don’t run away!  Accept the call!

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NEW PODCAST: Passport to Learning

3863F637-2FFF-42E9-A6D7-7CAD94FE613CI am super excited about this week’s podcast entitled Passport to Learning.  It was a session we were suppose to share at our annual weekend for homeschooling moms this past March.  However, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our special weekend.  Since we didn’t get to share this session in person, we wanted to share it as a podcast.

Some years our family didn’t study history or a historical time period. We traveled the world instead!⠀Well, our pocketbook couldn’t sustain real international travels when the kids were younger, so we spent the year “traveling” the world through literature, games, field trips, cooking and art.
If you are looking for something different to do next year, then consider “traveling the world.”⠀⠀Every couple of years, we would take a break from our “usual” curriculum to learn about the biomes, animals, people, places, and cultures around the world. Each month we would focus on a continent. I would then pick 3-4 counties on that continent to learn about.
We would immerse ourselves in the country we were “traveling” to. We learned about the animals, the plants, the art and music, the customs and holidays, its history and famous people. We read books about the country, prayed for the country, and ate tons of food from that country. We would even play games that originated in that country or games about that country. We would color maps and draw flags.
We even made little passports so we could “stamp” them with flag stickers after we finished learning about each country. It is such a fun way to learn geography and a great way to teach almost all the subjects to your entire family at the same time.

I will be sharing even more about how to “travel” the world in our latest podcast. In our Passport to Learning Podcast, we share how you can spend an entire school year exploring God’s creation and countries and cultures around the world.  Many of us can’t literally travel the world due COVID-19, our schedules won’t allow it, or our checkbooks just can’t handle it.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t “travel” through books, music, art, history, geography, math, games, food, science, and fieldtrips.

So get your Passport, load up your library bag with some great books, add some spices to your kitchen, and listen to our podcast, Passport to Learning.   In our podcast, we will share how your family can use geography and “traveling” around the world as the backbone for an entire year of learning.  We also give tons of examples and explain how to organize and plan your “itinerary” for the year.  As promised in the podcast, all of the resources, handouts, and books mentioned in the podcast are listed below.

Bon Voyage,


NEW PODCAST:  Passport To Learning. (CLICK HERE or find us on iTunes or Spotify)

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passport booksPassport to Learning Packet:  In this packet, you will find charts to help you plan and organize your year and each “trip” as well as the lists of resources and books mentioned in the podcast.  Links are embedded in the PDF file on the Book List handout.  Also included is a sample of our “trip”  to Mexico.

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Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie Martin.  


suitcase books“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 1)  Article

“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 2)  Article

“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 3) Article

“Christmas Around the World” Article


Helpful Websites:

Rick Steve’s Europe:  Great website with info and videos about countries in Europe.

Duckster Geography:  Simple website for info and research

Google Earth: Tons of great info, games, videos, and live searches

Salt Dough Recipe for 3D Relief Maps


map suitcase 2If you don’t want to plan your own “Trip Around the World,” you can subscribe to one of these monthly boxes or purchase My Father’s World Curriculum: Exploring Countries and Cultures.

Little Passports Monthly Geography Subscription

Eat 2 Explore Monthly Geography and Food Subscription

Highlights Top Secret Adventures Subscription


Another great book with recipes and science experiments:  The Science Chef Travels Around the Worldby Joan D’Amico